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  1. VMS(ProperNoun)

    "Virtual Memory System" the operating system for the DEC VAX series of computers

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. VMS

    DEC's proprietary operating system for its VAX minicomputer; one of the seven or so environments that loom largest in hacker folklore. Many Unix fans generously concede that VMS would probably be the hacker's favorite commercial OS if Unix didn't exist; though true, this makes VMS fans furious. One major hacker gripe with VMS concerns its slowness — thus the following limerick:    There once was a system called VMS    Of cycles by no means abstemious.         It's chock-full of hacks         And runs on a VAX    And makes my poor stomach all squeamious.                                     — The Great Quux See also VAX, TOPS-10, TOPS-20, Unix, runic.


  1. OpenVMS

    OpenVMS, previously known as VAX-11/VMS, VAX/VMS or VMS, is a computer server operating system that runs on VAX, Alpha and Itanium-based families of computers. Contrary to what its name suggests, OpenVMS is not open source software; however, the source listings are available for purchase. Unlike many other mainframe-oriented operating systems, OpenVMS has a graphical user interface with complete graphics support. This support was not available on the original VAX-11/VMS system but was included when Digital Equipment Corporation's VAXstation became available. With time DEC became one of the three top-selling workstations manufacturer, with lines spanning the 1980s and 1990s. Previously VMS access was exclusively done via VT100 compatible terminals. OpenVMS had support for professional DTP and CAE software. Software for AXP based systems was promoted by Digital's ASAP program and could be found in the extensive "Alpha Applications Catalog". AXP VMS supported OpenGL and Accelerated Graphics Port graphics adapters. OpenVMS is a multi-user, multiprocessing virtual memory-based operating system designed for use in time sharing, batch processing, real-time, and transaction processing.


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